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Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) (NC)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI)


    Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that”

    • Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards; The 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide safe learning environments for students during non-school hours particularly students who attend highpoverty and low-performing schools. Centers provide a range of services to support student learning and personal development. These services include, but are not limited to, tutoring and mentoring, homework assistance, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs) community service opportunities, music, arts education, health education, cultural activities, and physical activity including sports. Activities need to be engaging as well as effective to ensure active student participation.
    • Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students The program should be designed to improve academic achievement and to engage students in quality enrichment opportunities. For students who have not been successful in the regular day school, more of the same is not likely to produce success. In general, enrichment activities are multi-disciplinary whereby the student must use academic skills from multiple subject areas learned during the school day. Enrichment activities should also broaden students experiences by including the arts, recreation, health, and cultural activities.
    • Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their childrens education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 21st CCLC programs must also offer families of participating students educational and personal development opportunities, particularly in the area of literacy and math. Effective 21st CCLC programs sponsor parent engagement opportunities designed to support a childs academic and social development that are different and more frequent than have been traditionally offered by the regular school day program.

    Applicants must indicate which of the following competitive priorities will be met through the proposed 21st CCLC program:

    1. ‹Jointly submitted by at least one local education agency (LEA) and one other eligible entity
    2. LEA unable to partner with a community-based organization (If checked, please complete narrative box 1 below)
    3. Offering program in an underserved geographic area of the state
    4. Serve schools identified as Focus/Priority
    5. Summer programming offered
    6. Novice 21st CCLC applicant

    History of Funding

    Previous grant winners can be viewed here "".

    Additional Information

    Under Section 4203 of the ESEA, the State must give priority to applications proposing to primarily serve students that attend schools eligible for Title I, Part A schoolwide programs. Section 4204(i)(1)(B) of ESEA also requires that States must give competitive priority to applications that that are submitted jointly between at least one LEA receiving funds under Title I, Part A and at least one public or private community organization. The statute provides an exception to this requirement for an LEA that can demonstrate that it is unable to partner with a community-based organization in reasonable geographic proximity and of sufficient quality to meet the requirements of the 21st CCLC program.

    Applications that are submitted jointly are considered to be those where the local education agency and community organization are applying together and share equal responsibility for the 21st CCLC program. In cases of joint submittal, all pages requiring signatures will need to be copied so that each agency, entity, or organization has signed where required. In cases of joint submittal, all pages requiring signatures will need to be copied so that each agency, entity, or organization has signed where required and both documents uploaded in the appropriate places of the Related Documents section of the Funding Application in CCIP. Each joint applicant must submit the following signed by the LEA superintendent (or designee) and the community organizations chief executive officer:
    • Basic Organization Information
    • Statement of Assurances
    • Debarment Certification
    • Criminal Background Checks
    In addition to joint submissions (as defined above), the State will also give competitive priority to proposals which:
    1. Propose to serve underserved geographical regions of the state
    2. Are designed to implement programs for students attending Focus or Priority Schools
    3. Propose to provide a summer program component
    4. Are novice applicants
    Grant funds must be used in a manner consistent with all requirements of the statute and must be used only to supplement, not supplant, any federal, state or local dollars available to support activities allowable under the 21st CCLC program. Funds may be used to expand or enhance, but not replace, current activities. Proposed budgets must be developed in consideration of costs that are reasonable and necessary to fulfill the goals of the 21st CCLC grant. Sub-grantees are strongly encouraged to attend all training provided to assist non-LEAs and LEAs on budget and operational requirements, as related to the Educational Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Funds may be used for program implementation as well as for operational expenses, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Personnel and personnel benefits;
    • Staff development and training;
    • Consultants, subcontracts and evaluators;
    • Leasing vehicles and other transportation costs;
    • Educationally-related field trips (see œEntertainment note below);
    • Renting space, if necessary;
    • Teacher substitutes;
    • Travel reimbursements; or
    • Classroom equipment and supplies, including computers and software.
    NCDPI will conduct several technical assistance meetings across the state to provide potential applicants with additional background information about the federal grant and the components of the 21st CCLC Request for Proposals. Organizations potentially interested in submitting a grant proposal are highly encouraged to attend at least one technical assistance session. Please see the program website for when these meetings will orccur.


    Richard trantham

    Richard trantham
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 807-3300

  • Eligibility Details

    Those eligible to apply are:
    • Any public or private organization 
    • Agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC grant program include, but are not limited to local education agencies (LEAs), non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.
    Legislation requires that the State award grants only to applicants that will primarily serve students who attend public schools with high concentrations of low-income students defined as those schools with a minimum forty percent (40%) poverty rate.

    Deadline Details

    Organizations that intend to submit an application are asked to submit an Intent to Apply form by April 30, 2018. The deadline for submitting the 2018-19 application is May 30th, 2018, at 11:59 pm EDT.

    Due to the availability of funds, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will not hold a new 21st CCLC grant competition in 2019-2020. However, NCDPI anticipates hosting a competition in 2020-2021.

    Award Details

    Organizations are eligible to receive three-year grants of not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) and up to four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) a year, based on the proposed number of students served, with an option for a second and third year of funding.

    • Projected program costs must be based on a minimum of fifty (50) slots for a minimum of twelve (12) student contact hours per week.
    • Since 21st CCLC grants are made available on a reimbursement basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to secure sufficient funding or a line of credit to operate the 21st CCLC program for approximately a two-month period.

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